People

  Usha   P Raghupathi   M.Plan
uraghupathi@niua.org
Urban Infrastructure & Services, Urban Environment, Urban Development & Management

Prof. Usha P. Raghupathi is an urban planner with over 33 years of professional experience in the urban sector. She has a Masters degree in Geography from Delhi University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Planning from the School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad.  She has done short-term courses at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (Netherlands), Life Academy (Sweden), and USAID sponsored courses in U.S.A.  She has conducted research on urban services (particularly water supply, sanitation and solid waste management), urban poverty, public-private partnerships in urban services, urban environment, amongst others. She is currently working on urban climate change and urban green growth issues.  She has been involved in appraisal/evaluation of Government of India’s programmes such as JNNURM and AUWSP.  She has conducted training programmes for municipal officials and is involved in capacity building efforts on urban climate change.

Prof. Raghupathi is a LEAD Fellow (Leadership for Environment and Development, initially funded by the Rockefeller Foundation).  She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of LEAD India.  She is an Associate member of Institute of Town Planners, India.  She has written many research reports and published papers (national and international) on subjects related to urban affairs. 

  Shyamala   Mani   PhD
smani@niua.org
Waste Management and Environmental Health

Dr. Shyamala Mani, Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has an MSc. in Microbiology from Madurai Kamaraj University, M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Environmental Science from JNU, India and an MPH from School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, USA. A national science talent scholar, a recipient of ICAR Fellowship in Agri. Microbiology and Fogarty Int. fellowship in Environmental Health, she has presented papers in several conferences and seminars in India and abroad. Her projects have received international recognition including the UNCHS Global 100 award for Community based waste management and Low cost sanitation in slums in Bangalore, the Plasticon India award for innovative Plastics Reuse and Recycling, recognition by International Model Forest Network Canada and Regional Centres of Expertise of the UNU-IAS Japan for setting up the Regional Centre of Expertise at Kodagu (Coorg) for management of pilgrimage places. 

She worked as Programme Director, Waste and Resource Management at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), a centre of excellence supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India for 25 years before she joined NIUA in December 2012. At NIUA, she has helped complete Operationalizing of the National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP) and waste management documentation project for PEARL. 

  Debolina   Kundu   PhD
dkundu@niua.org
Demography, Migration, Exclusion, Housing, Land Economics, Local Finance

Dr. Debolina Kundu is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of development studies. She has a Ph.D degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a doctoral fellow with the ICSSR and post-doctoral fellow at the Local Government Initiative, Hungary. She has previously been engaged as a consultant with several national and international organizations, including IIDS, UNDP, UNESCAP, KfW Germany, GIZ, Urban Institute, Washington etc. on issues of urban development, governance and social exclusion. She was the coordinator of JNNURM Reform Appraisal for eight states. At present, she is in charge of the Data Centre and HUDCO Chair activities at NIUA, coordinating a project on 'Internal Migration in India' and working as an urban specialist for the ADB  supported Knowledge Hub for South Asia. She is the editor of the journal Environment and Urbanisation, Asia. She has a large number of articles published in books and journals of international and national repute with Sage, Oxford  and other leading academic publishers.

  Paramita Datta   Dey   M.Plan
pdey@niua.org
Urban Poverty, Environmental Planning, Reforms, Policy Analysis

Paramita Datta Dey is Senior Research Officer 1. She has a Masters degree in Geography from the Delhi School of Economics (Delhi University) and a Post- Graduate degree in Planning with specialization in Environmental Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. She has over seventeen years experience in the fields of urban development; urban poverty, water & environment; environmental assessments, natural resource management, urban governance and environmental policy issues.

Prior to NIUA, she has worked in the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Centre for Science & Environment, Centre for Policy Research and consulting firms. She has contributed in projects / programmes funded by bilateral and multilateral agencies e.g., UNDP, CIDA, World Bank, ADB etc. She has also participated in research in long-term national level urbanization and environmental policy.

Several of her research based work have been published as Working Papers and/or Research Papers on various issues related to urban poverty reduction, land tenure, urban sanitation etc.

  Sandeep   Thakur   PhD
sthakur@niua.org
Municipal Finance & Governance, Finance Commissions, Public Private Partnerships

Dr. Sandeep Thakur is Senior Research Officer. He is a Ph.D (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has over two decades of experience in the field of urban finance. Prior to NIUA, he worked at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. He has contributed to many research studies, which were mainly funded by UNDP, CIDA, World Bank, MOUD, MoF and Central Finance Commissions (11th and 12th). His specialization is in municipal finance and budgeting systems of ULBs as well as in public policies related to urban areas and municipal legislations etc. He has undertaken appraisal of City Development Plans and tracking of urban reform agenda under JNNURM. Currently he is the coordinator of Central Finance Commission (13th) Support Cell at NIUA.

  Debjani   Ghosh   PhD
dghosh@niua.org
Urban Planning, Urban Governance, Capacity Building

Dr. Debjani Ghosh is Senior Research Officer 3. She is a social scientist with a  PhD in Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in the field of regional and urban development planning with keen interest to work in the domain of capacity building through knowledge management and sharing, which is also her present area of work. Currently she is team leader for the Peer Exchange and Reflective Learning (PEARL) project and the ADB supported South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub. 

Before joining the Institute, Dr. Debjani Ghosh has been Lecturer and Visiting Faculty in School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Assistant Professor, Centre for Urban Development, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Gurgaon.

Director

  Jagan   Shah  
director@niua.org
Contact No : 24643284 Ext : 220

Prof. Jagan Shah is the Director of NIUA since April 2013.

 

He has over 20 years of experience in the area of urban development. He has done his Architectural design from School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi. He went on to study Architectural History and Theory from the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University, USA.

 

He was the Director at Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon.

 

From 1998-2006 he taught at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi.

 

Mr Shah was the Chief Executive at Urban Space Consultants working on policy formulation, spatial planning, heritage conservation, transportation and livelihood development. Here he was working for clients like Infrastructure Development Finance Company. Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System, Jaipur Virasat Foundation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust and India Foundation for the Arts.

 

He is the author of ‘Contemporary Indian Architecture’ and the co-author of ‘Building Beyond Borders’ and ‘Round’ a collection of seminal Asian texts on architecture.

 

He is the founding member of Modern Asian Architecture Network (MAAN).

 

Administration

  S.B.   Jain  
sbjain@niua.org
Contact No : 112464328 Ext : 246
Legal and Financial Expert

Mr. SB Jain has practiced law  after retirement from the office of the Comptroller and  Auditor General of India. He has 40 year experience of working in that office. He has dealt with the accounts of various autonomous bodies subject to CAG Audit. Presently he is a consultant at NIUA since 2014. His responsibilities involves looking after supervising administration work. Besides he is also supervising accounts, IT Procurement, general procurement, maintenance of office property and other miscellaneous work given by the head of the Institute time to time.

  Diwan   Singh   M.Com. (Business and Administration)
dsingh@niua.org

Mr. Diwan Singh is working with NIUA for more than 34 years. He has expertise in Office Accounts and Administration. He is looking after entire Office Accounts which includes main account (funded by MOUD) and other project accounts. Funded by various agencies e.g. ADB, USAID, other state agencies. He is also responsible for the liaison work with MOUD etc.

Library

  Umesh Chandra   Garkoti  
ugarkoti@niua.org
Contact No : 24643284 Ext : 248

Umesh Chandra Garkoti is the Librarian with NIUA. He has over 35 years of experience. He is in-charge of the library and shares the news clippings and current coverage which are essential for the office.

  Omvir   Singh  
osingh@niua.org
Contact No : 24643284 Ext : 248

Omvir Singh works as Records Clerk at the NIUA Library. He has over 36 years of experience.

  Gusai   Ram  
gram@niua.org

Gusai Ram works as the Machine Operator with the NIUA Library. He has over 38 years of experience.

                    

Editor

  Mahendra   Sethi  
msethi@niua.org  
Contact No : 24643284 Ext : 208

Mahendra Sethi, is an Architect Planner with PhD fellowship award from the United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo ‘Sustainable Urban’ programme sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Japan.

 

He is a contributing author to the NATCOM-III reporting towards UNFCC for MoEFCC, GoI and has also prepared the compendium titled ‘Recollecting 40 years of NIUA’. It tells about the journey of NIUA, projects handled, seminars and workshops organized and attended as well as publications brought out by the Institute.

 

In the past, Dr Sethi has been a part of important development projects including Basic Services for the Urban Poor (JNNURM), Sustainable Development Plan Bhagirathi River Valley Development Authority, Tehri Dam, Development Potential Study for Aden (PCDP-World Bank). He was also a guest faculty for Global Environmental Change & Sustainable Development at Centre for Global Discovery, Sophia University and Meiji Gakuin University, in Tokyo and an ECR fellow for Transformation to Sustainability group.

 

Dr Sethi possesses an additional qualification of Masters in Mass Communication. He has authored several books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal papers and popular articles. He is an expert reviewer for a number of academic papers, defense, competitions, etc. and actively disseminates latest research through lectures, seminars and publications. At NIUA, he is the Editor of the bi-annual journal ‘Urban India’ and an inhouse newsletter titled ‘Samvad’.

 

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HUDCO Chair

  Debolina   Kundu   PhD
dkundu@niua.org
Demography, Migration, Exclusion, Housing, Land Economics, Local Finance

Dr. Debolina Kundu is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of development studies. She has a Ph.D degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a doctoral fellow with the ICSSR and post-doctoral fellow at the Local Government Initiative, Hungary. She has previously been engaged as a consultant with several national and international organizations, including IIDS, UNDP, UNESCAP, KfW Germany, GIZ, Urban Institute, Washington etc. on issues of urban development, governance and social exclusion. She was the coordinator of JNNURM Reform Appraisal for eight states. At present, she is in charge of the Data Centre and HUDCO Chair activities at NIUA, coordinating a project on 'Internal Migration in India' and working as an urban specialist for the ADB  supported Knowledge Hub for South Asia. She is the editor of the journal Environment and Urbanisation, Asia. She has a large number of articles published in books and journals of international and national repute with Sage, Oxford  and other leading academic publishers.

Internal Migration in India

  Debolina   Kundu   PhD
dkundu@niua.org
Demography, Migration, Exclusion, Housing, Land Economics, Local Finance

Dr. Debolina Kundu is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of development studies. She has a Ph.D degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a doctoral fellow with the ICSSR and post-doctoral fellow at the Local Government Initiative, Hungary. She has previously been engaged as a consultant with several national and international organizations, including IIDS, UNDP, UNESCAP, KfW Germany, GIZ, Urban Institute, Washington etc. on issues of urban development, governance and social exclusion. She was the coordinator of JNNURM Reform Appraisal for eight states. At present, she is in charge of the Data Centre and HUDCO Chair activities at NIUA, coordinating a project on 'Internal Migration in India' and working as an urban specialist for the ADB  supported Knowledge Hub for South Asia. She is the editor of the journal Environment and Urbanisation, Asia. She has a large number of articles published in books and journals of international and national repute with Sage, Oxford  and other leading academic publishers.

Environment and Urbanisation Asia Journal

  Debolina   Kundu   PhD
dkundu@niua.org
Demography, Migration, Exclusion, Housing, Land Economics, Local Finance

Dr. Debolina Kundu is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of development studies. She has a Ph.D degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a doctoral fellow with the ICSSR and post-doctoral fellow at the Local Government Initiative, Hungary. She has previously been engaged as a consultant with several national and international organizations, including IIDS, UNDP, UNESCAP, KfW Germany, GIZ, Urban Institute, Washington etc. on issues of urban development, governance and social exclusion. She was the coordinator of JNNURM Reform Appraisal for eight states. At present, she is in charge of the Data Centre and HUDCO Chair activities at NIUA, coordinating a project on 'Internal Migration in India' and working as an urban specialist for the ADB  supported Knowledge Hub for South Asia. She is the editor of the journal Environment and Urbanisation, Asia. She has a large number of articles published in books and journals of international and national repute with Sage, Oxford  and other leading academic publishers.